Six nights and seven days in Walt Disney World in a style that only Disney can give you! That’s exactly what this Adventures by Disney Walt Disney World experience is all about. Starting in June, 2016, Adventures by Disney will be offering an outstanding way to see Walt Disney World and the surrounding area. The adventure will include accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners and VIP service for the week, lunch with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center, an airboat ride, a walking tour of the Magic Kingdom with an Imagineer as your guide and VIP behind the scenes access. Here’s what the itinerary looks like:
DAY ONE: ARRIVE IN ORLANDO
Be greeted at the airport by an Adventures by Disney representative who escorts you to your awaiting transportation. The driver assists you with your luggage and takes you to your hotel at Walt Disney World Resort.
DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAS & BUNGALOWS
Feel the spirit of the South Pacific wash over you when you step into this tropical oasis with its swaying palms, white-sand beaches and lush greenery. Your Adventure Guides check you in while you get settled in your comfortable lodgings and explore your beautiful surroundings.
PRIVATE WELCOME DINNER IN THE CHEF’S KITCHEN AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT
Enjoy VIP treatment when you experience an exquisite dinner prepared in the kitchen of this elegant Resort hotel that is a testament to ultra-modern design. Meet the highly acclaimed chefs who create culinary masterpieces in front of your eyes—and feast on those creations while sitting in the kitchen at elegantly appointed tables. Take home a cookbook as a keepsake to commemorate this special experience!
RIDE THE RESORT MONORAIL TO DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT
Take Disney’s Monorail back to the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and head for your room at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Enjoy the sleek ride up high in the sky!
TRADER SAM’S GROG GROTTO – TIKI TERRACE
Celebrate the first night of your trip with a signature cocktail on the open-air Tiki Terrace. With reserved seating, this tranquil hideaway is an ideal opportunity for hassle-free relaxation.
WISHES NIGHTTIME SPECTACULAR
See the spectacular fireworks show above Magic Kingdom park from across the Seven Seas Lagoon! You know you’ve arrived in Disney’s world of magic when brilliant colors mix with shimmering gold and silver to illuminate the night sky.
DAY TWO: PRIVATE BREAKFAST AT TONY’S TOWN SQUARE RESTAURANT
Start off the day inside this iconic Italian restaurant, inspired by the classic Disney movie Lady and the Tramp.
ROPE DROP CEREMONY
Your spot has been saved! Gather at the central hub at Cinderella Castle, and be among the first Guests to open Magic Kingdom park when this daily ritual takes place.
WALKING TOUR OF MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
Join an Imagineer for this private walking tour. Visit the lands of Magic Kingdom park and discover illuminating insights behind some of the attractions you love the most. Hear engaging stories about the Magic Kingdom’s design and construction from its conception through the present.
From your Adventure Guides, learn the fascinating details about how the magic comes to life with regular functionality when you go onstage or backstage on Main Street, at Cinderella Castle and in the Utilidors*—the corridors which run underneath all of Magic Kingdom park and are used for everything from storage and waste removal to costuming, food and emergency services.
VIP SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN EXPERIENCE
Delight in a Group FastPass+ for quick access and ride on the Magic Kingdom’s newest and most popular attraction!
LUNCH AT JUNGLE NAVIGATION CO. LTD. SKIPPER CANTEEN
Hear wonderful stories about the Society of Explorers and Adventurers at Skipper Canteen. Choose from an eclectic menu of Jungle Cruise-inspired offerings and enjoy gracious table service.
ON YOUR OWN TIME IN MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
Enjoy 3 FastPass+ tickets per person and thrill to some of your favorite attractions and entertainment!
ENJOY A VIP VIEW OF THE FESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE
Relish the magic of this famous parade from the front porch of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.®. From this VIP position, you’ll enjoy an amazing view of the magic as it passes by.
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
Choose to grab a quick bite or enjoy table-service, dining events and dining with Characters. Find out the complete list of choices available to you at Magic Kingdom park.
ON YOUR OWN AT MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
Guests may remain in this fantastical park to enjoy more experiences or to view the fireworks at Wishes Nighttime Spectacular up close from a privileged VIP viewing area.
DAY THREE: BREAKFAST AT ‘OHANA
Begin your day with “best friends” Lilo and Stitch at this American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors like Island-style fried potatoes and Hawaiian pork sausages. Mickey and Minnie might even drop by to say good morning!
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX
Travel to this iconic site for a day filled with history and idealistic goals!
PRIVATE TOUR – FLY WITH AN ASTRONAUT
Take a private tour with your very own astronaut-guide at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Feel what’s it’s like to be an astronaut during the Shuttle Launch Experience, with g-forces pushing you as you propel into orbit. Drive by the Vehicle Assembly Building and stop at the LC-39 Observation Gantry— site of some of the most famous manned space flights—for a photo opportunity with your astronaut-guide. And discover fantastic facts about the first moon missions at the place where it all started, the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
LUNCH WITH AN ASTRONAUT
Take a break in your tour to enjoy a catered buffet lunch in a private room in the Apollo/Saturn V Center, overlooking Kennedy Space Center and launch pads 39A and B.
IMAX THEATER MOVIE
After saying goodbye to your astronaut-guide, delight in an IMAX Theater viewing of Journey Into Space.
ON YOUR OWN AT DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAS & BUNGALOWS
Spend some quiet time at your Resort hotel and be refreshed for the evening activities.
DISNEY’S SPIRIT OF ALOHA DINNER SHOW
Sit back and enjoy this entertaining luau with Polynesian dancing and a delicious all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style feast.
DAY FOUR: PRIVATE GUIDED AFRICAN SAFARI
Travel through Disney’s Animal Kingdom on an early morning, exclusive guided driving tour where you will see exotic African wildlife begin their day on the savanna. On your journey, your knowledgeable guides will share little-known insights of the majestic animals on view as well as how we care for all of the 1,500-plus inhabitants of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
PRIVATE BREAKFAST AT TIFFINS
Before Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park even opens, start your day with a private breakfast buffet in this new signature restaurant with waterfront views! Take a moment to peruse the diverse menu with travel-inspired offerings.
EXPERIENCE OUR “WILD” DESIGN
Explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom as created by the Walt Disney Imagineers, unveiling the design secrets that went into the planning and construction of the park. Learn how the Imagineers traveled to remote parts of the globe to fully understand the different cultures and to see the native wildlife in their natural habitats. Unlock the magic of nature in the park’s architecture and details and hear the stories behind how these elements fit in with the care of the animals here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND STORY
Disney is committed to using resources wisely and protecting the planet as we operate and grow our business. They conserve nature and inspire kids and families to join in caring for the planet. See firsthand how this key pillar comes alive within the unique setting of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Join in exploring the real-world work of our animal experts such as our efforts to save elephants in the wild through the help of the smallest of animals, a bee.
GO BACKSTAGE AT RIVERS OF LIGHT
Go behind the scenes at the new nighttime experience that debuts in the spring of 2016. It aims to be one of the most beautiful and moving shows in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
ON YOUR OWN LUNCH AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
Choose from a variety of American, Asian and African dining venues for a delightful lunch and dessert.
AFTERNOON ON YOUR OWN AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
Take advantage of 3 FastPass+ tickets per person at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and enjoy some of your favorite experiences, including high-speed thrills, fascinating jungle trails, exotic animal viewings, Broadway-style musicals, colorful parades—and a fun-filled show with 20 species of birds!
UNIQUE EXCLUSIVE DINNER AT RAFIKI’S PLANET WATCH – CONSERVATION STATION
Share your experiences with fellow Adventurers at a private, catered dinner served in the heart of this delightful conservation environment.
VIP SEATING FOR RIVERS OF LIGHT
Be awestruck by this new, extravagant nighttime show that you view from your VIP seats. Watch the dark sky fill with a spectacular array of light, color and imagery!
DAY FIVE: HOT BREAKFAST AT THE KONA CAFE
Get ready for a day of outdoor activities with a hot à la carte breakfast at this relaxed café located in your Resort hotel.
KAYAK DOWN SHINGLE CREEK
Travel outside Walt Disney World Resort to Shingle Creek. Venture into the quiet world of a cypress swamp. Kayak past waterfowl, turtles and alligators as you experience the real outdoors of Central Florida.
AIRBOAT ON LAKE TOHOPEKALIGA
Propel through the unspoiled wetlands of the largest lake in Osceola County, Florida. View wildlife in their natural habitat, including alligators and a wide variety of birds.
FLORIDA COWBOY BBQ COOKOUT
Arrive at Forever Florida Zipline & Horseback Adventures just in time for a terrific barbeque lunch that will get you ready for the exciting activities to come.
FOREVER FLORIDA EXPERIENCE
Select one or more of the thrilling activities awaiting you at Forever Florida. Make discoveries about your destination in the Swamp Buggy Nature Tour, zip line above the treetops or go horseback riding. Experience 9 ecosystems as you cross streams, forest, wetlands and pastures—and perhaps catch a glimpse of alligators and other wildlife.
DISNEY SPRINGS PREVIEW CENTER
Arrive back at Walt Disney World Resort and get a preview of the shops, restaurants and events that are happening on the bustling waterfront promenade at the new Disney Springs.
ON YOUR OWN DINNER IN DISNEY SPRINGS
Dine at a restaurant that’s ideal for you and your family. Get easy seating for a light bite. If you prefer upscale, world-class cuisine, as an Adventures by Disney Guest for this Central Florida vacation you will have access to a special reservation hotline to help you make your dining reservations.
ON YOUR OWN AT DISNEY SPRINGS
Delight in the entertainment and shopping* options available to you. See a fantastic live performance at several venues including La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®, House of Blues® and Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ or catch a movie at AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24. Discover an exciting array of shops, ranging from sweet delicacies at Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop to beach lifestyle apparel and accessories at Curl® by Sammy Duvall to art and collectibles at Arribas Brothers. Check out the Dino-Store, The LEGO® Store, Orlando Harley-Davidson®, Something Silver® and many more—all in one place so you can shop to your heart’s content!
DAY SIX: GRAB ‘N’ GO BREAKFAST BAR
Before departing Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort area, grab something light for breakfast at Kona Island or explore your breakfast options with a Mickey Waffle or banana-stuffed Tonga Toast at Capt. Cook’s. Then, be escorted to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and begin your day of exciting activity.
PEEK INSIDE THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR™
Before Walt Disney World Resort opens, look behind the scenes at the Tower of Terror. Learn details about the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s strange library and cobweb-covered lobby that remains just as it was in 1939. After you know some of the tricks of the trade, join your fellow Adventurers for a more enlightened and always thrilling “elevator” ride into the Twilight Zone!
EXPERIENCE THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR™
Enjoy a Group FastPass+ and join your fellow Adventurers for a thrilling “elevator” ride at the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel that plunges you into the Twilight Zone!
TOY STORY MIDWAY MANIA!
Take advantage of a Group FastPass+ and ride with fellow Adventurers on this midway-style, 4D shootin’ game starring your favorite Toy Story characters.
TOP OF THE SEAS
Head to Epcot and be thrilled by rare backstage access to The Seas. From the top of The Seas, enjoy the rare privilege of viewing the marine life from the top of the tank.
LUNCH IN THE LIVING SEAS VIP LOUNGE
Enjoy a catered buffet at this lounge usually reserved for Disney executives and celebrities. While you eat, view an Imagineering presentation about the American Adventure Pavilion, taking you through the creative journey from its design to its construction.
ON YOUR OWN AT EPCOT
Enjoy 3 FastPass+ per person tickets and experience the variety of fascinating experiences Epcot has to offer—from transforming into a secret agent to blasting off on a journey through space and more.
PRIVATE BEHIND-THE-SCENE TOUR OF THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE PAVILION
Go backstage at this beautiful building designed around the classic Georgian style of the late 1700s and famous sites from American history. See the “war wagon,” a computer-controlled movable device under the stage that can move 10 different sets to present a seamless stage performance, as well as other elements dreamed up by the ever-creative Imagineers.
THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE AT THE AMERICAN PAVILION
Rendezvous at the American Adventure’s theater for a remarkable show that highlights the pivotal moments in American history.
FAREWELL DINNER AT THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE ROTUNDA
After the American Adventure Rotunda is closed to the public, enjoy a private dining experience in the nostalgic colonial-themed atmosphere of the American Adventure Rotunda. Relish a catered buffet during this farewell dinner while exchanging memories of your extraordinary vacation with fellow Adventurers.
VIP VIEWING OF ILLUMINATIONS: REFLECTIONS OF EARTH AND DESSERT PARTY
Savor international desserts and wines in an exclusive setting as you behold the past, present and future of Earth at this stunning fireworks show that celebrates the spirit of humanity.
DAY SEVEN: CHECK OUT OF DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAS & BUNGALOWS
Say goodbye to your fellow Adventurers and to Walt Disney World Resort and Central Florida… until you return!
TRANSFERS TO THE AIRPORT
You Adventure Guides will help you with your luggage. Travel by private vehicle to the Orlando International Airport.
Although I have always found the cost of an Adventures by Disney trip to be sort of high, I really don’t think this trip at around $4,900 is too bad when you take into consideration 6 nights at the Polynesian (standard room would cost around $3,300), food and all that goes into the itinerary.